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Demar Dotson Replaces Jeremy Trueblood As Bucs Starting Tackle

While it was the defense that came under the microscope following Tampa Bay's Week 2 loss to the New York Giants, the offense held up thanks to a strong performance by the offensive line. In that game, Demar Dotson was starting at tackle for Jeremy Trueblood.

Now that move appears permanent, as the latest Tampa Bay depth chart says that Trueblood, who is rated as one of the league's worst pass blockers, is out and Dotson is the new starter.

For Dotson, it's a move that seemed inconceivable four years ago.

What makes all of this extra remarkable is the following fact: Demar Dotson didn't play a single snap at offensive tackle until he got to the NFL, and only played one year of college football -- at defensive tackle. The Bucs have spent the past four years developing and grooming Dotson to be a starting tackle, because he had a lot of potential -- but it took him a long time to learn the intricacies of the game.

Dotson's next chance to impress will be against another strong defensive front as the Buccaneers play the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

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